2009 International Sign Contest: Electronic Message Centers

A gallery of the category's winners


This fiberglass, 16-ft.-tall bottle features a steel-tube structure. Paint includes duPont’s metallic-green Imron® and House of Kolor’s pearl-white finish in the foam area, which was accented by end-lit fiberoptics. The wine label was digitally printed on 3M’s Controltac™ vinyl. The pan channel letters are illuminated with Sloan LEDs. The 3 x 18-ft., full-color EMC was fabricated by YESCO Electronics.


The custom-fabricated aluminum cabinet features Sloan LED-illuminated letters, a fluorescent-illuminated piano, and a Voltarc flashing-neon border trim. The 5-ft., 8-in.-tall sign is 5 ft. 4¼ in. wide. A Multicam router cut the cabinet and the letters.


Set in Portland’s Pearl District, this brewery sign is illuminated with EGL CL 83 white neon. All of the neon accents are 15mm Clear Bright Yellow pumped neon to produce an orange glow. The routed, 1/8-in. aluminum faces feature 2-in. Spartech Polycast clear-acrylic copy, with translucent, digitally printed copy on the first surface and a white diffuser for the second surface. The aluminum includes a Spraylat Satin Black Mark 1 acrylic urethane finish. The logo is ¾-in. Plastiglas de Mexico Chemcast clear acrylic, also with a digitally printed first surface and diffuser second surface.